It was a good weekend at the Gutmeister compound. A busy weekend. An expensive weekend. But nonetheless it was a good one.
For starters, it was my youngest boy’s birthday weekend. We took him bowling, he’s now on a league, then we had pizza and went to see the Avengers movie finally. It was well received by Shorty and his brothers. They’re not good bowlers by any stretch, but then, that was their first time actually bowling without the bumpers installed on the lanes.
Then Sunday, we took a two hour drive to Greenville to watch the Greenville Drive Single A ball team play the West Virginia Power. I’ve got to say, Greenville’s ballpark is nice. No bleacher seating, wide open concessions area and shade. Glorious, glorious shade at the field. That meant we were kept out of the blazing South Carolina sun and got to enjoy one hell of a ball game.
The boys were able to run around on the lawn seats area, so we got to see all nine innings of the game without hearing “I’m bored, is it over? Can we leave?” It was amazing.
I gotta say, Summer may not officially be here, but yesterday sure felt like it was. I just wish you people would leave me money instead of comments so I can afford to do things like this more than once a decade. Christ, it’s expensive to take these kids anywhere.
The movie theaters just freakin’ bleed you dry. $10 for popcorn? Really? I know that’s not a new observation for anyone but still. Holy hell, I could’ve bought 12 beers and a Slim Jim for that kind of money. And the baseball park? Wow. Food wasn’t bad, we had pulled pork bbq, fries and hush puppies for around $9/each. But the snacks. Cotton Candy was about $5, Ice cream (soft-serve mind you) was $5, beer was $5. Everything was $5. Add that up and you get about $80 for the afternoon.
Nope. I need a ballpark that lets me bring my own. I could’ve had one hell of a good time not spending money. That’s what kills me. It’s not like I’m wealthy here. $80 is 16 belly billboard messages, before taxes and fees come out. Jeeeeeeeezus.
Just remember, no matter how good your weekend was or how bad your Monday is, Thursday will be here soon, and everything will go straight to hell.